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May 11, 2017

The Staffordshire School's FA season came to a close last night in the grand setting of the indoor arena at St Georges Park.. The Under 16 girls took on Nottinghamshire in the semi final of the MCF cup and reserved their last game of the season to put in their most ineffectual performance of the year.

The girls just never got going and despite being awarded a penalty early in the game and missing it the Staffordshire girls were lacklustre and their usual game of passing and moving deserted them. They could not retain the ball for any period of time and fell behind midway through the first half and had it not been for two good saves from Tiff Whelan the game would have been over at half time.

The girls showed a marked improvement in the second half and asked Nottinghamshire some questions especially after Tasia Brough headed home a precise free kick from skipper Molly Bruton. The next ten minutes showed what Staffordshire were capable of and with Demi MacCalliog driving them on from midfield they looked more like their oldselves . With three minutes left on the clock Staffordshire lost possession and a great through ball left the back line exposed and a crisp shot left Grace Tolmie with no chance. As Staffordshire pressed for an equaliser Nottinghamshire broke away to finish the job with a third goal.

The Staffordshire girls have performed really well over the past four years and those girls who will be leaving us go with the best wished of the Association whilst the Y10 girls will be trying to go one step further next season.

May 9, 2017

Staffordshire Under 14 Girls were declared champions last night and gained the MCF title for the second time in three years. Great credit must go to the group who have had a wonderful season and the year 8 girls will be available for a second campaign whilst the year 9 girls will move up to challenge for a place in next seasons under 16 squad.

The Association wishes to place on record its thanks to the parents of the girls for their outstanding support. They have been wonderfully supportive of the Association and each other and there is a great family feeling when this group meet. We look forward to providing opportunities for girls to play County football next season and for the forseeable future despite the best efforts of the FA to put a stop to it.

The Under 18 boys made it a night to remember with a resounding 5-2 win over Lincolnshire at Stafford Town FC in the MCF Final.. The Staffordshire boys, having only suffered one defeat, were determined to end their season on a high and very unusually for an Under 18 squad only 18 boys were involved all season and 2 only made one appearence. Skipper Joe Minton was playing his last game for Staffordshire having been involved since an Under 14 and was the only player in the squad who had achieved that milestone.

The Staffordshire boys looked shaky in the opening exchanges of the game and despite causing Lincolnshire a few problems they were struggling to find their normal rhythmn. A scrappy game ensued but when Josh Wilson smashed in the first goal with a sweetly struck drive there only looked to be one winner.

1-0 at half time.

Staffordshire had the best possible start in the second half when Joe Hartshorne,whose strong running caused the Lincolnshire rearguard problems all night, was felled in the area. He got up to cooly slot the ball past a static keeper to double the lead. Staffordshire continued to press forward in search of the goal to kill the game off and the introduction of Will Byers heaped further woe onto the Lincolnshire rearguard as he ran rampant down the right flank.

However in a rare foray the impeccable pairing of Connor Grant and Joe Minton were undone and the Lincolnshire forward clipped home a sweet strike from twelve yards. Staffordshire seemed to take this as an affront to their superiority and the responded superbly with goals from Joe Hartshorne and Tom Edge  to kill the tie off.

Lincolnshire who stuck to their task manfully throughout responded well and scored a second in the last minute but again Staffordshire responded immediately through Tom Riley to run out the winners by 5-2.

Joe Minton collected the trophy from MCF Chairman Peter Jordan to cap off an exceptional evening when two titles came the way of Staffordshire Schools.

As with all of the other teams we are indebted to the parents for their support as without you we would struggle, The Association wishes all of the boys who are moving on the very best of luck in the future. Tom Edge and Joe Minton travel over the pond to take up scholarships in American Universities, Aidan Stone begins a professional career with Burnley FC and the other boys are heading off to universities with our very best wishes for the future. You will always be welcome in Staffordshire.

May 7, 2017
Staffordshire Schools FA would like to thank Emma Campbell for the cake which her mother made and she decorated to celebrate the Under 16 Boys victory in the national finals. It was a thing of beauty and tasted great. Anyone who wishes to celebrate an event with such a cake can contact Emma through the website.
May 7, 2017

The Under 18 Boys go in search of silverware on Monday 8th of May at Stafford Town FC KO 7-30 pm, against Lincolnshire Schools FA. Manager Mark Culverhouse has selected the following boys for the fixture and he will be hoping that they can win the trophy again as Staffordshire won this three times in four years in the recent past.

Aidan Stone Wolgarston

Ryan Hanlon King EdwardVI Lichfield

Jamie Weldon Stafford College

Jack Weldon Stafford College

Tom Edge Codsall

Conor Grant Codsall

Will Byers Stafford GS

Ed Capewell Moorlands College

Joe Minton Newcastle College

David Neligwa Newcastle College

Josh Wilson King Edward VI Stafford

Oliver Butler Wolgarston

Corey Mallen Chase HS

Owen Bradbury Cannock Chase HS

Joe Hartshorne SUA

Tom Riley Newcastle College

Admission to the game is £3 and £1 concessions.

 

 

 

 

May 6, 2017

The last week of the season holds promise for three of the Staffordshire teams looking to build on the success of last week national champions, the Under 16 Boys.

On Monday night the first team in action are the Under 14 girls who take on Shropshire at Thomas Telford School with a 7-00pm KO. After their superb win last week at Worcester the girls need to take a point from the game to be crowned MCF champions and bring the trophy back to Staffordshire for the second time in three seasons. This group of players have performed incredibly well this season and no matter the result they have a bright future.

On the same night the Under 18 Boys play Lincolnshire in the MCF final at Stafford Town FC with a 7-30pm KO. Admission is £3 for adults and £1 concessions. The boys go into the tie with confidence high as they remain unbeaten in this competition, having won the West Midlands division,  their only defeat this season being in the semi final of the national competition.

On Wednesday the Under 16 girls, who were the winners of the Western division of the MCF for the third year running, meet Nottinghamshire SFA at the Indoor Arena at St Georges Park for a place in the final against Derbyshire SFA who are also national finalists. Admission to the game is restricted but will be £3 for all as the cost of hiring the facility is prohibitive but will provide an exceptional experience for the girls. Let us hope that they can reach the MCF final for the third time in four years.

All teams would welcome as much support as possible in their aim to bring further success to schools football in Staffordshire.

May 3, 2017

The Under 14 Girls travelled to Redditch to take on Worcestershire last night. Worcestershire had removed Staffordshire from the national cup by the narrowest of margins as well as inflicting their only home defeat this season in the MCF.

Neither side was at full strength and on a great pitch Worcester started very well and pegged Staffordshire back. They were given opportunities for a series of shots at goal as Staffordshire were penalised for what seemed minimal contact in tackles. Worcestershire's strong start eventually paid dividends when a low cross was turned into the net from close range. Staffordshire began to see a little more of the ball as Katy Johnson began to exert a little control and Staffordshire equalised when they were awarded a penalty for a handball which seemed to be a very harsh decision but all gifts are gratefully received.

Skipper Gemma Lawley stepped up and put away the spot kick to draw the sides level. Worcestershire still looked the most likely and a corner kick caused mayhem in the Staffordshire rearguard but a brilliant defensive block fell to Staffordshire feet and three passes later Freya Gregory, who caused the Worcestershire defence problems all evening, was on hand to cooly guide the ball over the line.

Worcestershire pushed hard for an equaliser in the second half as they saw their title hopes disappearing but outstanding defensive work from skipper Lawley, Lily Simkin and Lucy Copeland as well as a great save from keeper Chloe Swindell ensured that Staffordshire saw the game out and claim all three points. A point against Shropshire will guarantee the title for the second time in three years.

May 1, 2017

The Under 16 boys crashed out of the MCF competition at the semi final stage to Humberside turning in a performance which showed tired legs and minds. Having put in a monumental effort on Saturday against Greater Manchester, this game came too quickly and the boys looked jaded.

They started well and Josh Stack scored midway through the first half but were pegged back just before half time. Staffordshire conceded a second just after half time and then a third as they were unable to match Humbersides verve. A Kyle Johnson goal gave them brief hope but the concession of two further goals demonstrated their tiredness and for the first time this season the boys were running on empty, there was nothing left in the tank.

This should not detract from a good performance from the Humberside boys who were worthy winners and the best wishes of Staffordshire go with them to the final next week.

As it was the last time the boys will meet a few words were spoken after the game and some photographs will appear later.

All of the staff associated with the School's FA wish them well during the forthcoming examination season and also a huge vote of thanks for the parents and their terrific support, it has been appreciated by all.

Apr 30, 2017

After the thrill of winning the national title (The game can be viewed using this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp_zjJ4h78Y&feature=player_embedded ) the Under 16 Boys are in action on Monday when they entertain Humberside in the MCF semi final looking to book a place in the final against Lincolnshire who beat Worcestershire 2-0 in their semi final.

The game is taking place at Stafford Town FC with a 1-00pm KO and admission is £3 adults and £1 concessions. Come along and give the boys a cheer and watch the best Under 16 County team play.

On Tuesday the Under 14 girls travel to Redditch to play Worcestershire KO 7-15 and on Wednesday the Under 14 boys finish their season with a game against West Midlands SFA at Dudley College with a 7-00pm KO.

Next Monday the Under 18 boys will play Lincolnshire in the final of the Midlands Federation Cup and looking to maintain their unbeaten run in this competition.  They will have home advantage as the venue was chosen at the beginning of the season. Admission will be £3.

The Under 14 Girls will also play their final game of the season at Thomas Telford where they will take on Shropshire and depending on their Tuesdy result against Worcestershire they could be playing for the titile.

The squads for the various games can be found below.

 

 

Apr 30, 2017

Staffordshire School's FA Under 16 Boys became national champions with a penalty shoot out decider against Greater Manchester School' s FA at the Ricoh Arena. It was an outstanding effort against a very physical outfit who bossed the game for long periods but the threat posed by Staffordshire when breaking forward constantly caused the opposition problems.

Manchester started very well and but for a brilliant save by Mawgan Blight would have led  but this group of boys are resilient in difficult circumstances and a great cross from  Declan Arber inStaffordshire's first meaningful attack was headed home by Kyle Johnson who ghosted in in front of his marker. This was the kick start the Staffordshire boys needed and gave them something to hang on to and hang on they did as Manchester piled forward and some brilliant defending and poor finishing kept Staffordshire in front.

The boys thought they had died and gone to heaven when they won a corner and despite being smaller than both centre halfs Declan Arber guided the ball into the back of the net from a great Josh Stack delivery. Staffordshire led by centre backs Oli Hickman and Alec Minshull put their bodies on the line and despite being battered by incessant pressure they held firm until minutes before the interval when the Manchester centre forward pushed a hand into the face of the Staffordshire defender to gain first run and passed to an unmarked colleague to fire home.

The second half saw an awesome defensive effort from Staffordshire who chased, harried, blocked, tackled and worked their socks off to deny Manchester an equaliser . The crossbar came to their rescue  when a fiercely struck free kick rebounded to safety.  A ripping shot from Jack Taylor was parried by the Manchester keeper and Josh Stack hammered home the ball only to be denied by a linesman's flag. When the board went up showing five minutes of added time their target was in sight. Disater struck when the referee inexplicably awarded a penalty against Staffordshire when he was the only person in the stadium who knew why. It would have broken lesser teams and It was dispatched with aplomb and the game finished tied at 2-2 but the perceived injustice was all the motivation the Staffordshire boys needed for extra time.

Most teams would have folded but these boys are made of sterner stuff and twice on the run to the final having been in worse situations with seconds to go, set about extra time in a purposeful manner. However it took a stunning one handed save from Joe Trevor to keep the scores level and despite being physically smaller than their opponents their hearts were bigger but at the end of the game the scores were still tied.

Josh Stack stepped up to take the first kick which was saved and then Manchester scored the next two and Jack Bromfield scored for Staffordshire. Kyle Johnson and Luke Campbell kept Staffordshire in it before two superb saves from Joe Trevor gave Staffordshire the advantage and it was fitting that skipper Jack Bromfield scored the winning spot kick to bring the trophy to Staffordshire for the first time and so mirrored  the girls achievement of last year.

The boys now must switch their focus to the MCF semi final against Humberside on Monday afternoon at Stafford Town FC KO 1-00pm and bid to maintain their unbeaten competition record this season.

Apr 28, 2017

As reported earlier Staffordshire Under 16 player Hannah Hampton is representing England Under 17 ladies in the Euros over the next couple of weeks and there is a possibility that , if selected for the first game, she will cross swords with fellow Staffordshire and England Under 15 colleague Phoebe Warner who has been selected to represent the Republic of Ireland in the same tournament.

The Association wishes both girls well and it is good to see the girls making progress in the womans game.

The Under 16 Boys take on Greater Manchester tomorrow, Saturday 29th of April at the Ricoh Arena in the national  final of the ESFA Inter County Cup and will then face Humberside SFA at Stafford Town FC on Monday the 1st of May in the semi final of the MCF, a competition they are unbeaten in this season. The boys have had a brilliant season and have shown abundant character and certainly deserve to finish the season with some silverware.

Their female counterparts were also due to play in an MCF semi final on the 1st but Nottinghamshire are unable to fulfill the fixture and the game will now be played the following week on the Tuesday Wednesday or Thursday. However the County SFA are having difficulty sourcing a ground to play the fixture so any help in regard to this from clubs in our community would be more than welcome. Contact can be made through the website.

Next week the Under 14 boys and girls are in action, the Under 14 girls travelling to play Worcestershire in a must not lose MCF fixture. If the girls win their final two games then they will be crowned MCF champions but a draw against Worcestershire and a good win against Shropshire the following week should be enough to see them as winners.

The Under 14 Boys travel to Dudley College on Wednesdy night to take on West Midlands in their final fixture and despite having had a tough season the boys have improved steadily throughout the season and will be a much stronger unit next year with a twelve months experience of County football behind them.

On Monday the 8th of May the Under 18 boys play their final game of the season, the MCF cup final against Lincolnshire at Stafford Town FC KO 7-30pm The boys have had an outstanding season with their only defeat being against Durham in the semi final of the National competition. They will be looking to end their campaign in style.

Admission to all of the games is £3 adults and £1 concessions.Come along and give the boys the support that they deserve.

Apr 26, 2017

Monday night saw the last two Individual Schools competitions played when the Under 18 and Under finals took place.

Repton ran out 3-0 winners in the Under 18 game in a feisty competitive fixture that saw the referee have to work overtime. It was the third consecutive meeting between the sides in this final and Repton now lead the series by 2-1.

The Under 15 also saw Repton participating against Wolgarston from Penkridge. In a game of high quality football extra time and penalties were required to split the two teams. Wolgarston ran out winners by 6-5 in the penalty shootout but all who took part or watched the game were enthused by a game played in the true spirit of schools football by two superbly disciplined sides who were a great credit to their schools.

The Under 14 Boys made the long trek to Littleton FC to play Worcestershire in an MCF fixture still searching for their first win in the competition. They had lost 4-1 to an impressive Worcestershire side in the home game so approached the game with a degree of trepidation.

The boys turned in a superb display and came so close to winning a game where they were the better side for long periods. Moorside's Brandon Oakley scored both of Staffordshire's goals, the first a brilliant header and the second a well struck cross shot the fooled the Worcestershire keeper. Staffordshire were 2-0 up and coasting when with six minutes remaining, the referee ruled that the ball had crossed the line when 30 yards away, yet the linesman who was adjacent did not award the goal and the equaliser came from a penalty which was the last kick of the game.

The boys can take great heart from their performance and can go into next weeks encounter with West Midlands in a strong frame of mind.. That game is being played at Dudley College on wednesday 3rd of May, Details will follow later.

Sep 23, 2016

Manager David Ebbersson  has named the girls below to be invited to be part of the Stafffordshire SFA Under 14 girls squad for the forthcoming season. The girls who have been unsuccesful but who have been involved in the trial process will be invited to  number of coaching/traing events once a venue has ben secured.

The standard of player improves year on year and David will be writing to those who have missed out on selection and offering some feedback on where the girls can hopefully improve.

Please contact the website with acceptance of the invitation and incluse DOB and a mobile contact number.

Akers Hannah

De Ferrers Academy

Anderson Isobel

Cardinal Griffin

Anderson Lilly

Cardinal Griffin

Fishwick Hannah

 

Friary

Lawley Gemma

Wolgarston

Gregory Freya

Friary

Higgs Jennifer

Sir Graham Balfour

Hunt Megan

Haywood Academy

Isherwood Macy

Chesterton

Johnson Katie

Perton

Huson Lydia

 

Friary

 

Rainer Chenoa

Kingsmead

Simkin Lily

Cheslyn Hay

Sims Dolcie

The Hart School

Swindell Chloe

Wolstanton

Cox Aaliyah

Great Wyrley

Harding Niamh

Madeley

Standby

Copeland Lucy

De Ferrers

Marston Katelyn

Christchurch

Marston Phoebe

Christchurch

Parry Isobel

Endon

Sep 16, 2016

Managers Dan Dawson and Gary Spruce have named rhe boys below as members of the Under 14 Boys squad for the forthcoming season. Congratulations to all the boys selected and commiserations to those who have not made the cut this year.

The match co-ordinator Mark Warren will be in touch with match arrangements fixtures etc in due course.

Fowajuh Anye BWH
McIntosh Ruben King Edward VI Stafford
Taylor Jack Chase Terrace
Nicholls Tom Cheadle Academy
Tibbs Eliott Cheslyn Hay
Robinson Jack EDA
Makakoew Pasha Friary
Murray Aj Friary
Martin Reece John Taylor HS
Pearsall Charlie John Taylor HS
Yeomans Lucas John Taylor HS
Yarwood George Landau Forte Amington
Watchorn RiceOliver Painsley
Carter Callum Penkridge Middle
Bates Sonny St Peters
Barrett Sam Trentham HS
Nixon Tom Trentham HS
Douglas Bonna Wilnecote
George Connor Wilnecote
Braxton Lloyd Aidan

Wolstanton

All parents need to contact the website to accept the invitation and provide a mobile number please.

Sep 16, 2016

The girls named below have been selected to represent Staffordshire Schools FA for the forthcoming season.

Can all parents check that the school is correct and send confirmation to the website and include a mobile phone number and date of birth.. The match co-ordiator s Julie and Tim will be in contact in due course.

 

Tiffany Whelan Cannock Chase HS
Grace Tolmie Chase Terrace HS
Courtney Ward Trentham HS
Beth Roberts Wolstanton HS
Molly Bruton Kingsmead
Jenny Hesketh Westwood
Megan Plant Blythe Bridge
Lydia Burgess Clayton Academy
Tasia Brough Painsley
Chloe Williams Cannock Chase HS
Demi McCalliog Codsall
Nuala Miszkiel St Thomas More
Charlie Braganca Excel Academy
Naomi McCallion Robert Sutton
Hannah Hampton EDA
Sophie Corden Clayton Academy
Sophie Howe Alleynes Uttoxeter
Abbi Sanders Painsley
Sep 14, 2016

The boys named below are invited to be part of the Staffordshire schools'FootballAssociation squad for season 2016-17.

Congratulations to the boys selected and commiserations to those who have missed out this time. The selection process was extremely difficult as there were so many boys who were talented and the margins were so fine. All parents of the succcessful boys will be contacted by the match co-ordinator with details regarding games and expectations etc. The first confirmed fixture is the annual match against Repton School on Saturday the 8th of October when they will play the schools' Under 16 XI.

Aug 11, 2015

@staffsschoolsfa will allow all to follow what is going on and will supplement the information available on the website.

Follow the account which is being run by Under 15 team Manager Bailey Evans.